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Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship Hardcover – August 2, 2012
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The aspect of the "properness" of an apple befriending a worm might best be compared to having a little rat being a genius French chef like in Pixar's film "Ratatouille". It's absurd of course, but it's also the whole point: beauty, love and inspiration can be found in the most unlikely of places. we have only to be open to it. In any case, the reader or reviewer who over-thinks the scenario and posits that there really IS something wrong with an apple befriending a little worm obviously stopped believing in the magic of childhood a long time ago.
The story is a wonderful lesson for young readers and sets a good tone for a beginning talk about tolerance, bullying, and accepting our friends for who they are.
Mac (the apple--such a clever name!) and Will are delightful characters that really come to life. You care about these characters and while I was reading, I could imagine this story and the characters on film.
Finally, I have to say something about the breathtaking artwork of this book. These are not quick drawings--the artwork is done in oils and the richness and depth come shining through. When I opened the book, I literally went, "Ahhhhhhh!" I have absolutely NEVER seen such amazing artwork in a children's book--and there are such wonderful little surprises in the art. Hemingway is not only a fantastic illustrator, his clever wit adds even more dimension.
I teach early childhood development and this book hits all the marks for great children's literature. In fact, I loved this book so much that I have already ordered copies of this book for this year's new literature in my university's child development labs. I know children--and they are going to love this book!
Edward Hemingway is a talent we should all keep our eye on. It's fabulous (and rare) when you see this kind of amazing talent bloom. It's a completely joy from cover to cover.
How many children's books deal with the complex issue of being bullied for who you like? I can't think of any and yet this is one of the most common weapons that bullies use. Bravo for handling the issue with kind spirit and humor.
While bullying is part of the book, Bad Apple is really about friendship and what it's worth to us. In a word, everything. My son read it and seems to really understand now that he's allowed to like anyone he wants to like as long as they treat him with respect. His cousin also read the book to himself one morning while visiting. He closed the book and whispered to himself "I love this book". He didn't know I heard him.
A beautiful concept, beautifully done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is true that an apple befriending the worm that is borrowing into him is strange. But if you can get past that, this is a very tastefully illustrated book with a sweet story.Published 5 months ago by Picturesque Music
I love this book! It is a really good picture of friendship challenges when friends are different. It talks about having the courage to stand up and be friends with who you want... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Julie M. Slaughter
Great little book. Little kids love it. Nice illustration and simple story line.Published 9 months ago by venkat
I loved reading this to my kindergarten class! I read this to kick off our apple unit and it was such a cute story. Read morePublished 9 months ago by yajaira magallon
My first grade class really enjoyed this book. After reading it to them, I placed it in our class library. The kids enjoy reading it for free reading time.Published 10 months ago by Elizabeth B.